How to Walk Away
Before you crack Center’s new novel open on an airplane (like I did), you should know: this story begins with a plane crash. Margaret has always been afraid of flying, but this doesn’t stop her pilot-in-training boyfriend from taking her for a private flight to propose up in the clouds. When a storm unexpectedly blows in, Chip doesn’t have the skills to safely land the plane. After the crash, Chip walks away without a scratch, but it appears Margaret may have lost everything: she’s severely burned, and her spinal cord injury means she’s unable to walk—which quickly leads to the loss of her dream job, fiance, and any sense of hope she had for her future. How can a woman come back from such a tragedy to regain control of her life? As Center writes, “it’s the trying that heals you,” and Margaret is about to find a reason to try.
From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes an unforgettable audiobook about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.
Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancé she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment. In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancé, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there’s her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there’s Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won’t let her give in to her pity and who sees her like no one has seen her before.
Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect.
How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best – a masterpiece of an audiobook that is both hopeful and hilarious, truthful and wise, tender and brave.